An Introduction to Way of the Human Teaching Methods and Structures…
Firstly, despite the icon we have chosen to represent this section (a student writing at a desk), the kind of trainings that we offer do not follow the conventional format of learning that we are accustomed to in the west. ‘School mind’ is our tongue-in-cheek reference to the usual teaching experience.
The main differences being…
- Students, or seekers as we refer to them, do not sit isolated in neat little rows with the teacher at the ‘head’ of the class! The teacher, or Guide, honours the seeker as an equal and holds a great respect for the fact that he/she will also be learning from them during their time together.
- Seekers are not expected to take anything on face value or accept anything as their truth simply because they have been taught it. They are encouraged to continually question and be mindful of the information that they are offered until it begins to make real sense and can be better integrated into their life experience (have a real value in their world). As Beau Lotto explains in his video ‘Is Seeing Believing’, information is actually meaningless without proper context!
- Seekers are encouraged to share their experiences and actively learn from one another. This is a much fuller way to learn, where one is able to gain valuable insights from their colleagues’ perspectives that they may otherwise have overlooked.
At the heart of all the programmes we offer, is the discovery and exploration of the true nature of the human being. It makes sense therefore to actually be in nature for as much of the training as practicably possible. Being in, and connecting with the natural world (that we have evolved with over a long, long time) away from the ordinary concerns of daily life assists us in developing what we call extraordinary mind.
The typical outdoor teaching session would take place around a fire in a private and beautiful area of countryside. There are often periods of individual contemplation time on the land that assist both in the grounding of information but also in developing personal insight into whatever the subject matter may be.
We will always have a private indoor space (preferably with a fire) as sometimes this is more appropriate for specific teachings, plus, it means we’re also prepared for the UK weather which can often be a deciding factor!
It is commonplace to spend time after an activity with some form of group discussion/sharing. Sometimes this is achieved in smaller groups and at other times as a whole group. Depending on the nature of the topic we may also involve the use of arts and crafts, musical instruments and even fun and games (if it helps to get the message across). I’ve discovered that learning doesn’t have to be like those excruciating history lessons I remember, writing out page after page of notes. Well, that was my experience, and yet I love history now!
Between Trainings (for longer term programmes)
- Assignments are given to help provide a structure for seekers to continue their studies between training sessions.
- Access to a private online forum is provided where seekers can share insights and discuss their current learning topics.
- The use of Skype is encouraged as it can be useful, and more engaging, to have a ‘real’ conversation with fellow students. Other bespoke tools are also provided to assist seekers in connecting with one another online.
Once you have completed a training with us you will be part of a much wider learning community. In the months to come we will be developing the ‘network’ aspect of wayofthehuman.net so that seekers across the country/globe can stay in contact with, and support one another on their continuing journies of Self-discovery.